Listening to the music of great musicians such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, N.W.A and Tupac is much like being hypnotized. Their music seems to put you under a spell. It captures your imagination, controls your emotions and takes you to places never before been. Good music is just that powerful.
Sharing those same arresting influences as the legends that came before him is Kodak Kronick. In only a few years, this Atlanta-based superstar-in-the-making has built a solid grassroots fan base online and across the Mid-South.
With slapping, 808-heavy production, choppy rhyme cadences and a catalogue of music videos, Kodak Kronick is ready for his moment. He steadily gains momentum from his latest Corporation K-released mixtape Kodak Moment 2: HD Edition, hosted by Montana White.
On the mixtape lead single “Whole Lotta Money,” Kodak flexes in the club over a head-jerking, mid-tempo track provided by production extraordinaire Heartbeatz as he “puffs on petro and spends yens, pesos and dead presidents” like he prints his own currency.
“I like to make music to have a memory of it,” he explains. “That’s why they call me Kodak. I try to capture the moment. Every moment is a Kodak moment.”
Born Mario Huderson and raised in the poverty-ridden housing projects of Gulf Coast small town Picayune, Mississippi, Kodak Kronick came up from less than nothing. On his struggle to make it out of his environment, he hustled, took penitentiary chances and made many sacrifices in order to save his family.
Early on, young Mario realized that music was a formidable escape route from his dire situations. “Being in the projects, you got to come up from nothing,” he describes. “If you find your way out, you have really done some justice for yourself and for your family. There is a whole lot of struggling going on where I’m from.”
Even though the road would be difficult, he knew through hard work, dedication and his natural musical inclinations, he could make a difference for himself and for those around him. So at the age of 13, he began tinkering with the music. Early on he was and apart of Picayune first power house KO Mafia.
The loose-knit crew of rappers made major noise with mixtapes Round 1 and Round 2 but by the time they were supposed to record the third installment, most of the members were either in jail, on the run or worse. That’s when Kodak decided to step from behind the scenes, start his own label Corporation K and concentrate on a solo career.
He released a self-titled collaboration album with Kodak as a member of the Yavody Boyz in 2011. The release paid homage to a mutual friend of all group members, Yavody, who was stabbed to death. A local success, the mixtape brought attention to Kodak as a rapper.
Riding off the success of Yavody Boyz, Kodak moved to Atlanta and permanently put his stamp on the music industry with his 2012 mixtape Kodak Moment hosted by DJ Big House.
“I always been behind my artists and my family but when I moved to Atlanta by myself, it gave me time to take that next step,” Kodak reveals. “I had to put my money, my everything behind me.”
He returned to form in February 2016 with the follow-up mixtape Kodak Moment 2: HD Edition. On cuts like the amped-up “Wake Up Everyday Juggin” featuring Ethan Sacii to the smoothly tinged “Know Dat” featuring Derez Deshon, Kodak shows a wide range of subject matter.
On the lyrical warning shot “Body 4 Body” featuring J.Mac, Kodak protests the ongoing trend of police brutality and misconduct. Kodak says that he wrote the song in response to the victimization that he and so many other black males face on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, as art imitates life, his father was became a survivor of that violence when a Picayune police officer shot him two times in May of this year and put him in a coma.
“That song was recorded well before that situation,” Kodak reveals. “In that song, I was talking about some things that happened in prior situations. It just so happened that it came close to home with my pops.”
The family is currently dealing with the issue. “I still got a lot of things going on right now with the police department,” he says, “so I’m kind of skeptical about putting out new music where I talk about what’s going on.”
Whether fighting injustices with police corruption, popping bottles in the club or just enjoying life, his music is like a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. Added to that, Kodak has a brand new project scheduled to be released in September entitled Snapshot: Moment in Time hosted by DJ Big House and DJ Dow Jones.
“I try to have some substance in my music,” he says. “You can have sauce in your music and make the club move but you still want to educate the people. You can poison them or you can help them. Out of all the bullshit, I want you to take something positive away from my music.”